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Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership names officers

Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership names officers

'Economic development is most effective when the public and private sectors work together'
Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership names officers
Marty Vanags heads the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER

SARATOGA COUNTY — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership has appointed officers to its board of directors.

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Pictured: Kevin Hedley. (Provided)

The economic development organization's chairman is Kevin Hedley, founder and partner of Clifton Park-based Hedley & Co. Certified Public Accountants. Brendan Chudy, director of the legal department at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, was appointed vice chairman, and Rita Cox, founder of Cox Marketing Solutions, was named secretary. 

Wilton Town Supervisor Arthur Johnson will continue to serve as the board's treasurer.

Hedley has served on the Saratoga Partnership board since the agency was created in 2014. He succeeds Waterford Town Supervisor Jack Lawler as chairman; Lawler remains a board member.

“Kevin Hedley’s leadership skills, success in the private sector and passion for making Saratoga County a great place to live and work make him an outstanding choice to chair the Saratoga Partnership’s board of directors,” Lawler said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with Kevin, the board and Marty Vanags and his team in furthering this public-private collaboration to drive economic growth that will benefit residents and businesses in Saratoga County.”

According to a news release issued by public relations firm The Janack Group, Hedley has prioritized marketing Saratoga County’s assets in the technology, business and development sectors both nationally and internationally.

“I am excited and energized by the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, which is making great strides in implementing a long-term, sustainable strategy to drive economic growth,” Hedley said in a prepared statement. “Our commitment to ensuring Saratoga County achieves its full potential will include encouraging collaboration between multiple agencies, so that we speak with one voice when it comes to the vital mission of economic development.”

Partnership President Marty Vanags said in a prepared statement: “Economic development is most effective when the public and private sectors work together. With private-sector leadership on our board and the vital support of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, we have created a winning combination that will accelerate and advance our mission."

Other members of the partnership's board include: Anita Daly, chairperson of the Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation; Penny Hill, associate dean of Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART; Edward Kinowski, supervisor for the town of Stillwater; Scott Ostrander, supervisor for the town of Milton; Charles Wait, chairman and CEO of the Adirondack Trust Co.; David Wood, owner and operator of the Eildon Tweed Farm; Rocco Ferraro, former executive director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission; Joshua Spain, senior director of Global Engineering for Momentive Performance Materials; and Kevin Tollisen, supervisor for the town of Halfmoon. 

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